The American political class enjoys many perks as our so-called elected representatives. There is of course the regular paycheck, enough paid vacation time to make even European socialists envious, great health insurance and a generous retirement package after a minimal qualifying period. All on the taxpayer dole too and that doesn't count the paid junkets, free meals and high paid lobbying gigs that await thanks to the revolving door between Washington and private industry. If a politician is prominent enough, they also are able to land face time in the media with the top honor being a regular on the Sunday morning bullshit circuit. Such an honor has made John McCain and Lindsey Graham into the "men" that they are.
John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House appeared Sunday on ABC's "This Week" with the cheesy former Bill Clinton flack turned celebrity pundit George Stephanopoulos where he called for American "Boots on the Ground" to combat the fanatical Islamist army ISIS or ISIL or IS. I excerpt from the transcript:
BOEHNER: If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don't believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Why not?
BOEHNER: At the end of the day, I think it's gonna take more than air strikes to drive them outta there.
At some point somebody's boots have to be on the ground… That's the whole point-
BOEHNER: Listen, the president doesn't want to do that.
If I were the president, I probably wouldn't have talked about what I wouldn't do. And maybe we can get enough of these forces trained to get ‘em on the battlefield. But somebody's boots have to be there.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And if no one else will step up, would you recommend putting American boots on the ground?
BOEHNER: We have no choice. These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don't destroy them first, we're gonna pay the price.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I know you've said that - assuming you're speaker next year - you'd want to have a vote on a resolution - why not now?
BOEHNER: I'd be happy to.
The president typically in a situation like this would call for an authorization vote and go sell that to the American people and send a resolution to the Hill. The president has not done that. He believes he has authority under existing resolutions to do what he's done.
Boehner is a world class weasel - he will call for a vote but only after the elections so he can save his own worthless ass. Any 'leader' with a set of stones as well as a respect for American principles would have ensured that congress would have authorized renewed military action. Obama is acting like a king by invoking the 2001 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq in his war on ISIS. This is a flimsy justification from a pathological liar and the fact that his regime had to actually invent Khorasan, the badder than ISIS group in order to gin up an al Qaeda link shows how this is all about cheap election year politics. Why doesn't Boehner demand some accountability from our Caesar? That is after all his f*cking job because the Constitution vests within congress the power to declare war - and only congress can do so. Boehner and his ilk are only enabling Obama and provided that Republicans are able to win the Senate - which is likely - it will be a charlatan like him who allows Barry to wriggle off of the hook of impeachment for his mounting list of high crimes.
Also it's mighty white of Boehner to volunteer the sons and daughters, husbands and wives and fathers and mothers of Americans up to be fed into the Middle East meat grinder again. He knows damned well that none of his children or grandchildren will end up coming back in a body bag or after being maimed by an IED or even worse, captured and beheaded on You Tube. The political scumbags are always the first to send others into their idiotic wars and they suffer none of the fallout. It should be enough to just continue bombing and to give the Iraqis a swift kick in the ass to fight their own damned battles without sacrificing American blood in another futile cause. The only way that ISIS is going to be eradicated is if the locals are the ones doing the heavy lifting and we see how that has worked out.
As far as "boots on the ground" haven't we heard enough of that overused, focus group tested bumper sticker slogan? Not one of these babbling idiots, from Boehner to Obama and all of the jackasses in between along with their media presstitutes can go longer than ten minutes without invoking the cliche of the year. Why not just cut through the bullshit and call it what it is which is the involvement of U.S. combat troops? My God these people have no shame.
Politicians and government lackeys are also given special status when it comes to skirting those TSA goons at the nation's airports. They never have to endure the humiliation of being forced to remove their shoes, walk over an area teeming with the foot fungus of others nor have their children felt up or grandma being forced to remove her medical diaper. They stand as much chance of being forced to submit to intimidating state thugs as their own kids do of being sent off to fight in one of their wars.
The political class in this country has become the equivalent to royalty and didn't America once fight a revolution to no longer be subjected to the whims of a king and his operatives.